climate change

  • Policy strengthening required to meet UK carbon budgets

    A new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) concludes that the UK's carbon budgets can be met but only if the Government strengthens its key policies. The CCC’s latest progress report to Parliament says that the  first carbon budget has been met but partly as a consequence of the recession. There has been strong progress in improving the fuel efficiency of new cars and the foundations have been laid for the electric vehicle market and ...

    Posted at July 15, 2014 | By : | Categories : News,Renewables,Rural Business | Comments Off on Policy strengthening required to meet UK carbon budgets
  • Economic risks of climate change get bigger

    The economic risks from unchecked climate change are bigger than previously estimated, according to a new paper by Professor Lord Stern, chair of the ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, and Simon Dietz, who is a co-director. The study warns that the standard DICE model, used in a wide range of economic studies of the potential impacts of climate change, does not reflect the full extent of the risks because it "embodies a false assumption ...

    Posted at June 16, 2014 | By : | Categories : News,Renewables | Comments Off on Economic risks of climate change get bigger
  • Heavier summer downpours with climate change

    Extreme summer rainfall may become more frequent in the UK due to climate change, according to new research led by Newcastle University and the Met Office. The study, which used a state-of-the-art climate model, has provided the first evidence that hourly summer rainfall rates could increase - while summers are expected to become drier overall by 2100, intense rainfall indicative of serious flash flooding could become several times more frequent. The results, published in Nature Climate Change, ...

    Posted at June 1, 2014 | By : | Categories : News | Comments Off on Heavier summer downpours with climate change
  • UN climate report – “we cannot play a waiting game”

    A long-awaited United Nations (UN) report on the mitigation of climate change is urging all countries “to act swiftly and boldly” to reach a “global, ambitious and legal [climate] agreement in 2015". The report, which suggests that we need to treble the use of wind and solar power,  acknowledges that global greenhouse gas emissions are continuing to rise at an accelerated pace. It concludes that urgent action is needed to limit the increase in global mean temperature ...

    Posted at April 14, 2014 | By : | Categories : News,Renewables | Comments Off on UN climate report – “we cannot play a waiting game”
  • Shale gas development won’t be at expense of climate change

    Secretary of State, Edward Davey, today made the case for the exploration of shale gas in the UK, in line with the nation's climate change targets. In a speech to the Royal Society, Mr Davey said that if shale gas could be developed in an economically viable and environmentally friendly way, it would benefit the UK - increasing energy security while providing more jobs and tax revenues. The minister was responding to the findings of a new ...

    Posted at September 9, 2013 | By : | Categories : News | Comments Off on Shale gas development won’t be at expense of climate change